William Mencl, Ph.D.

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300 George St 9th Fl, New Haven, CT 06511-6624
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Director of Neuroimaging Research, Haskins Laboratories
Director, Haskins Imaging Laboratory
Senior Scientist, Haskins Laboratories


Ph.D., Dartmouth College (Experimental Psychology), 1994;
B.A.,  University of Maine (Psychology and Philosophy), 1990.                                          

Research Int​erests

Cognitive neuroscience; dyslexia; music perception. Currently I am working to understand the processing structure of the reading system with the use of novel experimental and analytic techniques in MRI, including functional parcellation of the visual cortical input areas; connectivity of the ventral cortical stream; and the use of naturalistic reading paradigms.

Representative Publications

Pugh, K. R., Frost, S.J., Rothman, D.L., Mason, G.M., Del Tufo, S., Molfese, P.J., Mencl, W. E., Grigorenko, E., Landi, N., Preston, J.L., Jacobsen, L., Hoeft, F., Seidenberg, M., & Fulbright, R.K., (In press). The neurochemistry of reading development: An MRS study of typically and atypically developing beginning readers Journal of Neuroscience. PMCID- in process.

Preston, J.L, Molfese, P., Mencl, W.E., Frost, S.J., Hoeft, F. Fullbright, R.K, Landi, N. Grigorenko, E.L., Seki, A., Felsenfeld, S. Pugh, K.R (2014) Structural brain differences in school-age children with residual speech sound errors.  Brain and Language, 128, 25-33. PMCID in process.

Pugh, K.R., Landi, N., Preston, J.L., Mencl, W.E., Austin, A., Sibley, D., Fulbright, R.K., Seidenberg, M.S. Grigorenko, E., Constable, R.T., Molfese, P., Frost, S.J. (2013). The relationship between phonological and sensorimotor processing skills and the neurocircuitry for reading in emergent readers. Brain and Language, 25, 173-183. PMC3655431

Landi, N., Frost, S.F., Mencl, W.E., Preston, J.L., Jacobsen, L.K., Lee, M., Yrigollen, C., Pugh, K.R. & Grigorenko, E.L. (2013). The COMT Val/Met polymorphism is associated with reading related skills and consistent patterns of functional neural activation. Developmental Science,16, 13- 23. PMC3655431

Montoya, J.L., Landi, N.,  Kober, H., Worhunsky, P.D., Rutherford, H.J.V, Mencl, W.E., Mayes, L.C., & Potenza, M.N. (2012). Regional brain responses in nulliparous women to emotional infant stimuli. PlosOne. 7(5): e36270. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0036270. PMC3349667

Supported Gr​ants

Principal investigator:
Neuroimaging Core Director: P01 HD070837-01 Morris (PI) 08/01/13 – 07/31/18. Neurocognitive bases of treatment resistance in developmental dyslexia.

Neuroimaging Core Director: P01 HD001994-46 Rueckl (PI) 8/01/12- 07/ 31/17. Nature and acquisition of the speech code and reading.

Investigator: R01 HD065794 K. Pugh (PI) 5/1/2011- 4/30/2016. Neurobiological Predictors of Spoken and Written Language Learning.

Investigator: R01 HD-073288 VanDyke (PI) 8/1/12 – 7/31/17. Retrieval Interference in Skilled and Unskilled Reading Comprehension.

Investigator: R01 HD 06736 K. Pugh (PI) 4/1/2011 – 3/31/2016. Neurocognitive determinants of second language literacy development in adolescents.